Archinect - News 2016-07-27T01:50:57-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/149958698/forget-ball-pits-amazon-is-growing-over-3-000-plant-species-to-fill-its-new-downtown-seattle-hq Forget ball pits – Amazon is growing over 3,000 plant species to fill its new downtown Seattle HQ Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-07-19T17:33:00-04:00 >2016-07-27T00:10:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vo/vou6d4ab222ddejn.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>the spheres will be packed with a plant collection worthy of top-notch conservatories, allowing Amazon employees to amble through tree canopies three stories off the ground, meet with colleagues in rooms with walls made from vines and eat kale Caesar salads next to an indoor creek. [...] &ldquo;The whole idea was to get people to think more creatively, maybe come up with a new idea they wouldn&rsquo;t have if they were just in their office,&rdquo; said Dale Alberda, the lead architect on the project at NBBJ</p></em><br /><br /><p>While the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/104803779/aftershock-3-brains-and-the-city" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">benefits of greenery for employee productivity</a> is well established, and any good tech company needs to play up the "<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115745518/archinect-s-lexicon-serendipity-machine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">serendipity machine</a>" game, Amazon is taking this to an architectural level:</p><p><em>The spheres will have meeting areas called treehouses, and suspension bridges high off the ground that will be just wobbly enough to quicken the pulses of employees who walk over them. &ldquo;Amazon said, &lsquo;Make this fun,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Mr. Alberda, the architect.</em></p><p>More on Amazon's new downtown digs:</p><ul><li><a title="How long until Amazon conquers downtown Seattle?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149955450/how-long-until-amazon-conquers-downtown-seattle" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How long until Amazon conquers downtown Seattle?</a></li><li><a title="1-star Amazon reviews of famous architecture texts" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140411729/1-star-amazon-reviews-of-famous-architecture-texts" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">1-star Amazon reviews of famous architecture texts</a></li><li><a title=" From Apple to Amazon: The New Monuments to Digital Domination" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/87912010/from-apple-to-amazon-the-new-monuments-to-digital-domination" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Apple to Amazon: The New Monuments to Digital Domination</a></li><li><a title="NBBJ designs biospheres for Amazon's Seattle headquarters" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73646965/nbbj-designs-biospheres-for-amazon-s-seattle-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ designs biospheres for Amazon's Seattle headquarters</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149955450/how-long-until-amazon-conquers-downtown-seattle How long until Amazon conquers downtown Seattle? Justine Testado 2016-07-01T15:35:00-04:00 >2016-07-03T18:06:39-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ov/ovoj9mgjor6ykkua.jpg" width="514" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When its spheres and three surrounding towers are completed, [Amazon] will have 10 million square feet of office space in Seattle, more than 15 percent of the city's inventory, on a campus that occupies more than 10 square blocks. That will provide space for Amazon to more than double in size, to 50,000 Seattle workers in the next decade...The spheres, designed by architecture firm NBBJ, are Amazon's boldest statement yet in the first project it's building from the ground up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/80087624/nbbj-s-biosphere-design-for-amazon-seattle-hq-becomes-even-more-organic" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ's biosphere design for Amazon Seattle HQ becomes even more organic</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73646965/nbbj-designs-biospheres-for-amazon-s-seattle-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NBBJ designs biospheres for Amazon's Seattle headquarters</a></p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149944052/this-drone-video-takes-you-on-a-fascinating-flight-through-the-guts-of-seattle-s-bertha-tunneling-machine" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149945995/increasing-development-translates-to-more-homeless-housing Increasing development translates to more homeless housing Julia Ingalls 2016-05-18T13:06:00-04:00 >2016-05-20T23:48:37-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c8/c8t96831oqjnhkid.jpg" width="514" height="514" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When Amazon donated an empty South Lake Union hotel for use as a homeless shelter, it was investing in a model that Mary&rsquo;s Place, the service provider, has perfected: turning vacant or transitioning buildings into temporary shelter.</p></em><br /><br /><p>According to decades of research conducted on real-life case studies, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135208771/archinect-s-comparison-of-transient-oriented-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">providing housing for the homeless is actually cheaper than not doing so</a>. Thriving real estate markets also make it easier to provide permanent shelter, as noted in the article:</p><p><em>It&rsquo;s perhaps counterintuitive, but Executive Director Marty Hartman says the boom times for the local real estate market have created more opportunities for Mary&rsquo;s Place than the recession. As companies expand, it&rsquo;s development more than abandonment that stocks the vacant building pool.</em></p><p><em>Seattle officials have begun to pivot toward 24-hour shelters&nbsp;as a new approach toward the issue. This is modeled after San Francisco&rsquo;s Navigation Center, which houses people so they can devote their energy away from survival and toward creating stability in their lives.</em></p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ft/ftkv64fc2xcmb4jo.jpg"></p><p>For more on homelessness:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146268318/seattle-builds-village-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle builds village for the homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147809321/los-angeles-approves-plans-to-tackle-homelessness-crisis-but-funding-is-still-unclear" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles approves plans to tackle homelessness crisis, but funding is still unclear</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149943944/la-s-homeless-population-has-increased-by-11-in-a-single-year" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">LA's homeless population has increased by ...</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149944052/this-drone-video-takes-you-on-a-fascinating-flight-through-the-guts-of-seattle-s-bertha-tunneling-machine This drone video takes you on a fascinating flight through the guts of Seattle's Bertha tunneling machine Alexander Walter 2016-05-06T15:15:00-04:00 >2016-05-07T11:13:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/reg9ox3rpd9076p4.jpg" width="514" height="288" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>As Seattle&rsquo;s&nbsp;Alaskan Way Viaduct sat free of cars&nbsp;overhead and drivers attempted to move around the city during the roadway&rsquo;s planned 2-week closure, a new drone video Tuesday showcased again what all the fuss is about.&nbsp;A view inside the&nbsp;SR 99 tunnel won&rsquo;t get much better than this until you&rsquo;re actually able to drive through it. [...] The 4-minute video captures what has been built behind nearly 1,600 feet of mining along Seattle&rsquo;s waterfront.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ba/baaed0f72aa705e976317bafdfa7876a.jpg"></p><p>Bertha previously in the Archinect news: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/124744662/seattle-s-massive-bertha-tunnel-drill-is-up-for-repair-but-still-faces-a-shaky-outlook" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle's massive Bertha tunnel drill is up for repair, but still faces a shaky outlook</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/149942834/nbbj-is-launching-its-own-vr-platform-with-the-help-of-ex-microsoft-entrepreneurs NBBJ is launching its own VR platform with the help of ex-Microsoft entrepreneurs Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-04-28T18:22:00-04:00 >2016-05-02T12:33:15-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x8/x8ufquipqn8q0ja8.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>NBBJ and Visual Vocal will leverage current-generation VR and augmented reality (AR) systems, with a near-term focus on mobile VR platforms for optimal accessibility and scale. While a number of firms in the design industry have examined the promise of VR, this partnership marks the first instance of an established design firm incubating a VR startup inside its own offices and developing new tools to improve decision-making and remove waste from the design process.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More from the VR-desk on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a title="Virtually Inevitable &ndash; VR and AR, IRL on Archinect Sessions #51" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/147294519/virtually-inevitable-vr-and-ar-irl-on-archinect-sessions-51" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Virtually Inevitable &ndash; VR and AR, IRL on Archinect Sessions #51</a></li><li><a title="&quot;A blueprint can give you an idea, but this cements it for you.&rdquo; &ndash; VR's promising future in architectural communications " href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146593376/a-blueprint-can-give-you-an-idea-but-this-cements-it-for-you-vr-s-promising-future-in-architectural-communications" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">"A blueprint can give you an idea, but this cements it for you.&rdquo; &ndash; VR's promising future in architectural communications</a></li><li><a title="Are virtual reality systems sexist?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144578296/are-virtual-reality-systems-sexist" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Are virtual reality systems sexist?</a></li><li><a title="Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/136435407/using-virtual-reality-to-bridge-the-gap-between-architect-and-client" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Using virtual reality to bridge the gap between architect and client</a></li><li><a title="Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/97789711/drury-architecture-students-are-experimenting-with-virtual-reality-technology-oculus-rift" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Drury architecture students are experimenting with virtual reality technology Oculus Rift</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149938278/seattle-celebrates-opening-of-world-s-longest-floating-bridge Seattle celebrates opening of world's longest floating bridge Alexander Walter 2016-04-04T18:05:00-04:00 >2016-04-09T22:13:35-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3r/3rxvcxo4dbvhbouc.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Sitting atop Lake Washington, the new State Route 520 is now the longest floating bridge in the world&mdash;beating its predecessor, the old State Route 520, by 130 feet [...]. This new bridge has stronger pontoons than the last one, and can withstand more buffeting from wind and waves. It also has a stormwater collection system, bus lanes in both directions, a path for bikes and pedestrians, and the capacity to someday accommodate a light rail system.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related stories in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146268318/seattle-builds-village-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle builds village for the homeless</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/145117579/seattle-s-proposed-101-story-4-c-tower-considered-as-too-tall-by-the-faa" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle's proposed 101-story 4/C Tower considered as too tall by the FAA</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/144421095/susan-surface-the-humble-pioneer-for-socially-responsible-design" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan Surface, the "humble pioneer" for socially responsible design</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149933900/where-journalism-neglects-public-space-suffers Where journalism neglects, public space suffers Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-03-09T15:42:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T23:18:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lx/lxy308xio4r74i9w.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Shady,&rdquo; &ldquo;unethical,&rdquo; &ldquo;secretive,&rdquo; &ldquo;robbed of our due process&rdquo; &mdash; these were just a few of the choice terms used by angry residents this past week at a packed City Council meeting about the selling of Pine Tree Park [in Kent, outside of Seattle, WA]. Longtime Seattle land-use attorney Rick Aramburu has another term for what happened: illegal. It&rsquo;s also a growing trend in the swath of cities around Seattle, places that no longer receive much scrutiny from the press. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s becoming a cancer"</p></em><br /><br /><p>More on recent (legal) park development:</p><ul><li><a title="A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/149067468/a-critical-look-at-downtown-l-a-s-ambitious-plans-for-two-new-public-parks" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A critical look at Downtown L.A.'s ambitious plans for two new public parks</a></li><li><a title="Talking parks with Adrian Benepe, senior vice president of The Trust for Public Land" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140961890/talking-parks-with-adrian-benepe-senior-vice-president-of-the-trust-for-public-land" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Talking parks with Adrian Benepe, senior vice president of The Trust for Public Land</a></li><li><a title="Transforming a garbage heap into a public park" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130959709/transforming-a-garbage-heap-into-a-public-park" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Transforming a garbage heap into a public park</a></li><li><a title="Ambitious L.A. Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/106883200/ambitious-l-a-parks-plan-will-require-coordination-of-88-cities" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ambitious L.A. Parks Plan Will Require Coordination of 88 Cities</a></li><li><a title="Healthy cities: How can architects and planners get us moving if we ignore warnings from doctors?" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/92843010/healthy-cities-how-can-architects-and-planners-get-us-moving-if-we-ignore-warnings-from-doctors" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Healthy cities: How can architects and planners get us moving if we ignore warnings from doctors?</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/149933878/what-is-a-physical-bookstore-without-that-many-books What is a physical bookstore without that many books? Julia Ingalls 2016-03-09T13:45:00-05:00 >2016-03-17T22:19:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9j/9jvxccmcprnsxlek.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Called Amazon Books, the store will be located at Westfield UTC mall near UC San Diego...The store will presumably resemble the Seattle location, which sells a limited selection of Amazon's best-reviewed books. That venue also doubles as a showroom for the e-commerce brand's expanding hardware lineup, which includes its Kindle, Fire TV, Fire tablets and Echo. The Echo, the company's latest gadget, is an in-home personal assistant powered by artificial intelligence.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although small, independently-owned bookstores have been thriving lately, national chains&mdash;such as Borders Books, which shuttered its doors in 2011&mdash;have not adapted as well to Amazon's disruptive online model of cheap, on-demand books. Now the online retailer is reversing its brick-and-mortar-be-damned strategy once again by opening another physical bookstore&nbsp;in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/143130423/there-s-now-a-pedestrian-bridge-on-the-u-s-mexico-border-that-let-s-you-fly-into-tijuana-and-walk-out-into-san-diego" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">San Diego</a> (its first, in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146268318/seattle-builds-village-for-the-homeless" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a>, opened in 2015). The faceless behemoth can delight in the realities of face-to-face retail while likely primarily pushing its non-book, book-reading devices.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/8d/8duf3ookiskcorxm.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/146822508/how-the-sausage-is-made-all-the-recent-news-that-s-fit-to-podcast-on-archinect-sessions-50 "How the Sausage Is Made" – All the recent news that's fit to podcast, on Archinect Sessions #50 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2016-01-28T18:44:00-05:00 >2016-01-29T13:09:55-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2m/2mo4f3kr0pidyrsz.jpg" width="514" height="333" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>For our 50th (!!!) episode, we discuss the biggest news items from the last week &ndash; everything from the latest BIG and DS+R shake-ups to a surprisingly controversial Seattle homeless shelter &ndash; and it's been a doozy. We take a look at:</p><p>The&nbsp;"sphincter from which digital art issues" (according to one Archinect commenter), aka&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146585321/architecture-of-life-exhibition-marks-opening-of-ds-r-designed-new-berkeley-art-museum-next-week" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">DS+R's new Berkeley Art Museum</a>;&nbsp;the controversy surrounding <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146368753/bjarke-ingels-shouldn-t-be-proud-to-have-the-washington-redskins-as-a-client-according-to-critic-philip-kennicott" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">BIG's latest client</a> (referred to here as the Washington "Pigskins"); recent&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146580484/building-our-best-nature-archinect-sessions-one-to-one-8-with-scott-merrill-winner-of-this-year-s-driehaus-prize" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">discussions of diversity</a> issues that have arisen on the site; the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146672126/25-year-old-architect-wins-wwi-centennial-memorial-competition-in-d-c#CommentsAnchor" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">25-year old</a> who won a big World War I memorial design contest; <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146731731/ds-r-led-moma-redesign-scaled-back-more-details-released" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MoMA's updated expansion</a> plans; Architecture for Humanity's <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/146279588/architecture-for-humanity-spin-off-chapter-network-appoints-garrett-jacobs-exec-director" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">potential second life</a>; and more.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 50 of&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/sessions" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "How the Sausage Is Made":</p><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/archinect-sessions/id928222819" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://archinect.libsyn.com/rss" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="http://soundcloud.com/archinect" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite...</li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/146268318/seattle-builds-village-for-the-homeless Seattle builds village for the homeless Julia Ingalls 2016-01-21T12:54:00-05:00 >2016-02-10T00:07:50-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/zl/zlh7cda15ftoxwm6.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, volunteers put the finishing touches on small houses with the kind of basic amenities you don't see in Seattle homeless camps. "The difference is you have electricity and a lock on the door," said Steve Tucker, a member of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, which is hosting what organizers are calling Seattle's first tiny house village.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Seattle joins several other pioneering cities and states across the U.S. that have chosen to provide housing for the chronically homeless. These programs have shown that the housing actually saves governments money and eventually reduces the overall rate of transient recidivism. Here's a sampling of our coverage:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135208771/archinect-s-comparison-of-transient-oriented-architecture" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's comparison of transient-oriented architecture</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/113424294/d-c-breaks-ground-on-housing-for-homeless-vets" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">D.C. Breaks Ground on Housing for Homeless Vets</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/61243996/garages-to-provide-pop-up-housing-for-homeless-people" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Garages to provide 'pop-up' housing for homeless people</a></li></ul><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/ur/urtpswdfmr21e5w0.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/145117579/seattle-s-proposed-101-story-4-c-tower-considered-as-too-tall-by-the-faa Seattle's proposed 101-story 4/C Tower considered as too tall by the FAA Justine Testado 2016-01-06T14:05:00-05:00 >2016-01-08T12:57:37-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pi/pid94c7k6rl8z93y.jpg" width="514" height="277" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The proposed Fourth and Columbia Tower...would be a mixed-use office and residential tower rising up 1,111 feet above the street. It would be 101 stories, with two levels of retail shopping, four levels of above-grade parking, and six levels of office space. It would also play home to 350 hotel rooms, and 1,200 residential units...But being the tallest could be something [developer] Crescent Heights may not want to give up.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/137341112/proposed-seattle-tower-designed-by-lmn-architects-could-become-the-west-coast-s-tallest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Proposed Seattle Tower, designed by LMN Architects, could become the West Coast's tallest</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/144421095/susan-surface-the-humble-pioneer-for-socially-responsible-design Susan Surface, the "humble pioneer" for socially responsible design Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-28T12:49:00-05:00 >2016-01-01T01:57:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/91/9187e59d915b6f687ca1039abf8ba1f6.jpg" width="514" height="390" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"'Are you going to do beautiful architecture or do-gooder architecture?' I want to do neither and both." [...] "It's not like you're going to design some single product that revolutionizes the way people shape the world around them," Surface said. "You have to change fundamentally how your organization is structured, how your resources are allocated, stop thinking of yourself as a gatekeeper. It's about redistributing how power and decision making and resources are divided between people."</p></em><br /><br /><p>Prompted by her work with Design in Public in Seattle, this profile of <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/53011612/susan-surface" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Susan Surface</a> dips into her professional and personal background to designing like she gives a damn, covering the diversity of ways she seeks to question the power structures that perpetuate socially irresponsible or discriminatory designs.</p><p>Susan joined us on <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/140948219/toilet-talk-gender-inclusivity-in-public-restrooms-featuring-special-guest-susan-surface-on-archinect-sessions-42" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">episode #42 of <strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, where we address issues of gender inclusive design in public restrooms.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/141461105/architect-paul-michael-davis-shares-his-favorite-pitstops-around-seattle-s-capitol-hill-neighborhood Architect Paul Michael Davis shares his favorite pitstops around Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood Justine Testado 2015-11-20T13:30:00-05:00 >2015-11-30T23:46:47-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r5/r5jwgcxxszf9tvb0.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>No two people, let alone architects, perceive even the most frequented cities in the same way.&nbsp;How do designers experience their cities as locals?</p><p>The coastal city of Seattle, Washington is not as "sleepy" as some would assume. It's full of gems that the architecturally inclined traveler can appreciate &mdash; aside obvious landmarks like the Seattle Central Library, the Experience Music Project, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and of course, the Space Needle, among other tourist hotspots. Not too far away from the central downtown area is Capitol Hill. Never heard of it? No need to be a bespectacled, coffee-guzzling, plaid-sporting millennial to enjoy this part of town. Archinect reached out to locally based architect <a href="http://archinect.com/paulmichaeldavis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Paul Michael Davis</a>, who shared some of his favorite spots around this charming neighborhood that non-locals might overlook.</p><p>Give Paul Michael Davis' "stops" a try the next time you venture out to Seattle, and you might discover something new about this part of the Pacific Northwe...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/139407068/callison-and-rtkl-merge-in-hopes-to-bring-swagger-back-to-seattle-office-ceo-says Callison and RTKL merge in hopes to "bring swagger back" to Seattle office, CEO says Justine Testado 2015-10-20T20:06:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T18:31:57-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v9/v9qnxu0zp9hltj4h.jpg" width="514" height="190" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>On Tuesday, Callison and architecture/engineering firm RTKL announced they have officially joined forces as CallisonRTKL...[CEO Lance] Josal said the merger is good news for both firms and 'especially for the Seattle office.' In talking to the firm's senior leaders, Josal said there has been 'a little bit of frustration on their part' because they felt the firm 'may have lost a bit of swagger locally' and wanted an owner that would invest in the firm...</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously on Archinect:</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107101020/arcadis-to-buy-callison" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ARCADIS to buy Callison</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/137341112/proposed-seattle-tower-designed-by-lmn-architects-could-become-the-west-coast-s-tallest Proposed Seattle Tower, designed by LMN Architects, could become the West Coast's tallest Nicholas Korody 2015-09-23T15:20:00-04:00 >2015-09-23T15:42:44-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/02/02tv25i0fk17wnay.jpg" width="514" height="243" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Seattle's tallest skyscraper is about to get a much taller neighbor. New information submitted to the city shows that the skyscraper planned for Fourth Avenue and Columbia Street will be 101 stories tall.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Move over LA, Seattle is reaching for the skies: the US Bank Tower may just get knocked off its throne as a proposed tower for Seattle is set to claim its spot as the tallest building on the West Coast.<br><br>The 1.2-million-square-foot building is slated for the west-side of 4th Ave, directly across from Seattle's current tallest building, Columbia Tower.<br><br>While the expected height in feet has not been released, the floor count exceeds the US Bank Tower's 73 floors, and comes close to that of the nation's tallest building, the 104-story One World Trade Center.<br><br>Plans for the building were filed earlier this year by Miami-based developer Crescent Heights. According to a statement, their aim is to create "an iconic building that redefines the skyline and changes the way we live, work and play downtown."</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135646477/uber-brings-mad-max-to-seattle Uber brings Mad Max to Seattle Nicholas Korody 2015-09-01T12:44:00-04:00 >2015-09-01T12:54:13-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fr/frlxqnq76aaljh40.jpg" width="514" height="356" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>To promote the new Mad Max video game coming out at the start of September, Uber teamed up with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment this weekend to give fans in Seattle real rides in real Fury Road vehicles. Through Monday (we know &mdash; not enough time, life isn't fair, etc.), those going to and from the city's PAX Prime gaming convention will have the chance to nab a varied set of postapocalyptic chariots that seat either one, three, or four other riders.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The rules are simple:</p><ul><li>Trips must begin and stay within downtown Seattle. The Wasteland is vast and gas is precious &mdash; the Warboys must remain near their Stronghold.</li><li>Your dollars are worthless in the Wasteland. Payment shall not be required.</li></ul><p>Here's a look at some of the cars helping to bring new meaning to "disruptive innovation":</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pw/pwina38h6g6iqmwg.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/lu/lul5fyyxpmmzundc.jpg"><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xd/xdyvjahxp5u64euq.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6p/6pb43tyxpzzzuxyc.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/69/69zkkwa0q6nrtgxd.jpg"><br><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xf/xft7ihu1nrgsx6mm.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/135264994/an-architect-helps-transform-dangerous-alleys-into-cultural-hotspots An architect helps transform dangerous alleys into cultural hotspots Julia Ingalls 2015-08-27T14:26:00-04:00 >2015-08-28T12:58:03-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/dbso38lazmtfij5d.jpg" width="514" height="332" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It soon became apparent that the alley was not a great place to be: Further down the way was a cardboard box used as a makeshift toilet. Once, he saw a pool of blood and the apparent weapon, a pointy umbrella... Vogel asked an architect friend what he should do. &ldquo;She said the answer was simple: All I needed to do was put people in it [the alley],&rdquo; said Vogel.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Although the traditional civic approach to dangerous <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131041582/trust-for-public-land-initiative-will-soon-bring-greener-alleys-to-l-a" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">alley</a> behavior (violence, drug use, impromptu <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128864326/japan-s-simple-logic-for-putting-toilets-in-elevators" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">toilets</a>) is to block off public access and turn them into garbage-only collection points, director of the International Sustainability Institute in <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/131950076/how-the-cascadia-earthquake-threatens-america-s-coastal-northwest" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Seattle</a>&nbsp;Todd Vogel decided on the opposite approach: put the public back into them, en masse. Poetry readings, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/102031475/prepping-for-world-cup-brazilian-police-build-mock-favelas-to-train-officers" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">World Cup</a> viewings, circus acts, and neighborhood-maintained planters soon transformed the alleys into destination points and greatly enriched the city's civic life. Crucially, the initial idea for all of this came from an architect, of course.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ve/vejylft8o0dw17re.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/132504519/500-square-feet-and-falling 500 Square Feet and Falling Julia Ingalls 2015-07-22T18:59:00-04:00 >2015-07-23T10:52:50-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bu/buh07kd4842mqga5.jpg" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The trend toward living in less square footage isn't just about battling rent hikes: in Orange County, the able-bodied and financially resourceful are choosing to habitate (and sometimes co-habitate) in so-called micro or mini-apartments. Although the definition varies, anything below 500 square feet is generally considered to be on the petite side. The smaller appliances, constricted shelving, and overall compactness of these places requires spatial creativity and a Spartan materialism. According to the <a href="http://www.ocregister.com/lansner/apartment-671316-one-siler.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Orange County Register</a>, nursing student and 475 square foot apartment dweller Cayla Alexander says of she and her husband,&nbsp;&ldquo;We have three bowls and five plates. But when you really come down to it, do you need anything else?&rdquo;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yb/yb94k36bq75mxxh4.jpg"></p><p>Perhaps the most extreme example of this trend is the <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/66031295/new-york-mayor-bloomberg-announces-winner-of-adapt-nyc-micro-unit-apartment-competition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">My Micro NY</a>, a complex of 55 apartments designed by nARCHITECTS in New York City that range in size from 260 to 370 square feet. According to <a href="http://www.capsyscorp.com/nextlevelbuilding/?tag=micro-unit-apartment" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">CapsysCorps</a>, the units make use of tall ceilings, large windows an...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/131950076/how-the-cascadia-earthquake-threatens-america-s-coastal-northwest How the Cascadia earthquake threatens America's coastal Northwest Alexander Walter 2015-07-15T14:08:00-04:00 >2015-07-17T20:01:00-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/sb/sbn9jykt5m4pdes6.jpg" width="514" height="410" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Our operating assumption is that everything west of Interstate 5 will be toast.&rdquo; In the Pacific Northwest, everything west of Interstate 5 covers some hundred and forty thousand square miles, including Seattle, Tacoma, Portland, Eugene, Salem (the capital city of Oregon), Olympia (the capital of Washington), and some seven million people. When the next full-margin rupture happens, that region will suffer the worst natural disaster in the history of North America.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126360178/the-new-5-over-1-seattle-where-everything-looks-the-same The new 5 over 1 Seattle, where "everything looks the same" Alexander Walter 2015-04-28T14:00:00-04:00 >2015-04-29T15:19:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3p/3pqcd75ycea0dhru.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>There are ways to bring elegance to 5 over 1 structures, but it requires a high degree of skill and commitment. Only a very talented designer can take such a limited palette of materials and make the resulting building interesting, if not elegant. But developers must be willing to hire those skilled designers. Many are simply not interested. [...] Hence, the wildly uneven &mdash;&nbsp;and often uninspiring&nbsp;&mdash; architecture in Seattle today.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Similar tenor in other booming parts of the nation:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125363205/blair-kamin-not-impressed-by-chicago-s-latest-housing-developments" target="_blank">Blair Kamin not impressed by Chicago's latest housing developments</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/125204801/jeff-sheppard-calls-downtown-denver-s-new-housing-developments-meaningless-uninspiring" target="_blank">Jeff Sheppard calls downtown Denver's new housing developments "meaningless, uninspiring"</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/126280652/seattle-high-schoolers-push-to-provide-moveable-minimalist-shelters-for-the-homeless Seattle high schoolers push to provide moveable, minimalist shelters for the homeless Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-04-27T12:52:00-04:00 >2015-04-27T13:12:06-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/84/84cf8ba3e99f5e84a500c282323e5d2d.jpg" width="514" height="306" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>After past run-ins with the city, the nomadic Nickelsville has shifted from temporary place to temporary place. Most recently, the group struggled with a location, after Seattle decided to authorize and regulate three homeless encampments in the city. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s a need for a transportable, insulated, tiny house that provides privacy and isn&rsquo;t going to be a huge burden for them when they move,&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/124744662/seattle-s-massive-bertha-tunnel-drill-is-up-for-repair-but-still-faces-a-shaky-outlook Seattle's massive Bertha tunnel drill is up for repair, but still faces a shaky outlook Justine Testado 2015-04-07T16:25:00-04:00 >2015-04-14T10:45:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/i6/i63v3y12bioyszdm.jpg" width="514" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Megaprojects almost always fall short of their promises&mdash;costing too much, delivering underwhelming benefits, or both. Yet...cities still fall for them, seduced by new technologies and the lure of the perfect fix. A mix of factors has given Seattle a particularly acute sense of angst. The project depends on a singular piece of engineering. And Bertha&rsquo;s building a highway for cars in a city where workers overcrowd buses and commuters wrap themselves in waterproof everything to bike in the rain.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Bedecked with amusingly cutesy illustrations, <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/graphics/2015-bertha/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bloomberg</a> tells the exasperating tale of the giant tunnel drill dubbed <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/About/FollowBertha" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bertha</a>, which began digging the new State Route 99 tunnel underneath downtown Seattle in summer 2013 to replace the current street-level Alaskan Way Viaduct and ideally clear up the city's waterfront for a park. Named after Seattle's only female mayor Bertha Knight Landes, Bertha is reportedly the world's biggest tunnel drill at five stories tall, built with a 25,000-horsepower motor, 260 steel teeth, and has an $80 million price tag.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ff/ffky8mny9386xutf.jpg"><br><em>Bertha near completion back in 2012 before its shipment to Seattle</em>.</p><p>But in December 2013 after digging through about 1,000 feet, Bertha's seals busted from increasing temperatures and grit clogged up its teeth, so, it broke. Debate amongst Seattleites ensued. What the hell will happen to Big Bertha now? The project was originally <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/Viaduct/Schedule" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">scheduled</a> to be done this November.</p><p>Last week, <a href="http://www.wsdot.wa.gov" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Washington State</a>'s contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners safely haul...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/117748809/about-that-troubled-seattle-tunnel-an-interview-with-local-advocate-cary-moon About that troubled Seattle Tunnel – an interview with local advocate Cary Moon Archinect 2015-01-06T18:44:00-05:00 >2015-01-06T18:55:02-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/m6/m6m3oef23dlfw3f7.jpg" width="514" height="335" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>If there&rsquo;s anything positive to emerge from the current mess, it&rsquo;s that local advocates like Cary Moon, who warned against building the tunnel in the first place, are commanding attention again. Moon recently took to the pages of the local alt-weekly, the Stranger, to argue that in light of the tunnel project&rsquo;s spectacular, slow-motion meltdown, the city should explore other options.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/115652337/in-seattle-a-sinking-feeling-about-a-troubled-tunnel" target="_blank">In Seattle, a Sinking Feeling About a Troubled Tunnel</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/115652337/in-seattle-a-sinking-feeling-about-a-troubled-tunnel In Seattle, a Sinking Feeling About a Troubled Tunnel Alexander Walter 2014-12-10T13:36:00-05:00 >2014-12-10T23:02:07-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/v2/v2e8whp4x0ba050f.jpg" width="514" height="373" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ancient Egypt endured plagues of locusts. Seattle has its tunnel, which over the last year has featured a series of setbacks and fiascos that, depending on one&rsquo;s outlook, can be the setup for a punch line, or an eye-rolling narrative of put-upon endurance. In the latest blow, project engineers said this week that 30 or more buildings in the historic Pioneer Square area [...] had unexpectedly settled, possibly because of water pumping related to the project.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/114211251/kathryn-gustafson-wins-8th-obayashi-prize Kathryn Gustafson wins 8th Obayashi Prize Justine Testado 2014-11-21T21:41:00-05:00 >2014-11-26T21:46:46-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vk/vkn6upui0bn76tr7.jpg" width="514" height="610" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Landscape architect Kathryn Gustafson of Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol and London's Gustafson Porter recently received the eighth annual Obayashi Prize in Tokyo. Established by the Obayashi Foundation, the prize is awarded to a recipient whose work is in tune with the Foundation's mission of supporting interdisciplinary design research in relation to cities and urbanism.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC by GUSTAFSON GUTHRIE NICHOL</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1t/1tria0pvx1foptv0.jpg"></p><p>Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial in Hyde Park, London UK by GUSTAFSON PORTER</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/bm/bmv0j0rmkquuar4g.jpg"></p><p>Find out more on <a href="http://www.bustler.net/index.php/article/kathryn_gustafson_wins_8th_obayashi_prize/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111195701/new-podcast-new-banknotes-new-neurons-weekly-news-round-up-for-october-6-2014 New podcast, new banknotes, new neurons: Weekly News Round-Up for October 6, 2014 Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-10-13T20:27:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T21:26:58-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/28/28fvn3tucg9zxp2q.jpg" width="514" height="686" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><em>Sunday, October 12:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding</a>: Investigating the impact of wealthy Chinese immigrants on suburban Seattle's real estate boom.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Saturday, October 11:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110936408/indiana-ponders-abolishing-licensing-for-architects" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indiana Ponders Abolishing Licensing for Architects</a>: Part of a state-wide reconsideration of more than "200 types of professional licenses, permits and certifications", aimed at cutting regulatory costs.</li><li><a title='Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now' href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110877796/announcing-archinect-sessions-our-brand-new-podcast-listen-to-episode-1-now" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Announcing "Archinect Sessions", our brand new podcast! Listen to Episode #1 now</a>: We're launching a weekly podcast to discuss prominent news items, feat. members of the Archinect community and other special guests. Ep. #1: "Where are the women?"</li></ul><p><strong><em>Thursday, October 9:</em></strong></p><ul><li><a title="Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110875379/architects-create-a-3-d-printed-column-that-survives-earthquakes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Architects Create a 3-D Printed Column That Survives Earthquakes</a>: Made of cement and based on ancient Incan techniques.</li><li><a title="Renzo Piano admits he's &quot;struggling to do something good&quot; for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project" href="http://archinect.com/news/article/110868931/renzo-piano-admits-he-s-struggling-to-do-something-good-for-the-la-academy-of-motion-picture-arts-and-sciences-project" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Renzo Piano admits he's "struggling to do something good" for the LA Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences project</a>: A fable to remind us that architecture is never solely the product of architects.</li></ul><p><strong><em>Wednesday, October 8:...</em></strong></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/111135399/a-classic-american-look-feng-shui-notwithstanding A classic American look, feng shui notwithstanding Nam Henderson 2014-10-13T00:22:00-04:00 >2014-10-15T20:01:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ri/riovw8953qu1voxj.jpg" width="514" height="365" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;Seattle was a better opportunity for me than China right now,&rdquo; Mr. Wang said. &ldquo;A lot of Chinese families are planning to move here.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>Robert Frank reports in from Seattle, where wealthy Chinese seeking to relocate and/or invest are driving up the&nbsp;real estate market in eastern suburbs.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103264159/editor-s-picks-374 Editor's Picks #374 Nam Henderson 2014-07-02T19:47:00-04:00 >2014-07-07T17:05:04-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z5/z51wh4g9c8r9dydi.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;penned a review - <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/102872267/the-trouble-with-a-bird-s-eye-view-la-forum-s-exhibition-looks-at-los-angeles-from-afar" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Trouble with a Bird&rsquo;s Eye View</a>.&nbsp;The piece dissects a summer exhibition of the <a href="http://laforum.org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Design</a>. He concludes the pairing of aerial photographs by Los Angeles-based <a href="http://www.lanebarden.com/en/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lane Barden</a> with a geo-mapping project by the German-American duo <a href="http://benedikt-gross.de/log/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Benedikt Gro&szlig;</a> and <a href="http://jk-lee.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Joseph K. Lee</a>, is proof that &nbsp;"<em>For Barden, Gro&szlig; and Lee, the position and involvement of humans in a greater ecology is only clear from high above</em>".</p><p><strong>citizen</strong> shared <em>"This reminds me of that story of the 1933 CIAM meeting. &nbsp;Participants compared scale plan/maps of major cities around the world. &nbsp;Neutra's graphic of LA covered a wall and then some</em>".</p><p>Plus, for the fifth edition of <strong>Cutting Room</strong>,&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/AmeliaTH" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia</a> interviewed <a href="http://www.mehruss.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mehruss Jon Ahi</a><a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/102327403/cutting-room-interiors-takes-classic-films-back-to-the-drawing-board#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> and </a><a href="http://www.armenkaraoghlanian.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Armen Karaoghlanian</a>,<a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/102327403/cutting-room-interiors-takes-classic-films-back-to-the-drawing-board#" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> the architect and filmmaker behind </a><a href="http://intjournal.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Interiors</a>.&nbsp;The project is a journal in which the authors reconstruct sections taken from famous scenes in classic films.</p><p><a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/22610164/eric-chavkin" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Eric Chavkin</a>&nbsp;suggested "<em>The interest for me is not the reproduction of arch...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/81097691/thresholds-marks-the-unmarked-at-kent-cemetery ‘Thresholds’ marks the unmarked at Kent cemetery Bradly Gunn 2013-09-05T14:20:00-04:00 >2013-09-06T11:32:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k1/k1fz0uf4tsh73mif.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;It is amazing to realize you could walk around the site not knowing if there is a body underneath you,&rdquo; Nelson said. &ldquo;How do you commemorate that?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Of the approximately 200 people buried at Saar Pioneer Cemetery, there are 89 unmarked graves, each&nbsp;unable to inform visitors of their presence and the role they played in Kent history. Collaborative artists&nbsp;Frances Nelson and Bradly Gunn seek to mark the unmarked by creating a series &ldquo;thresholds&rdquo; to walk under&nbsp;and pass through, as an acknowledgement of the final resting place of Kent&rsquo;s founding pioneers.&nbsp;</p> <p> THRESHOLDS is generously supported by 4Culture&rsquo;s Site Specific Program and the University of&nbsp;Washington&rsquo;s College of Built Environment&rsquo;s Digital Fabrication Lab, with additional support from McLendon&nbsp;Hardware, Dunn Lumber and Miller Paint Co.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/80087624/nbbj-s-biosphere-design-for-amazon-seattle-hq-becomes-even-more-organic NBBJ's biosphere design for Amazon Seattle HQ becomes even more organic Archinect 2013-08-22T21:43:00-04:00 >2013-08-27T15:46:47-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dn/dnb1uz08p1y8aqjm.jpg" width="514" height="734" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Updated designs have surfaced for Amazon's new headquarters in downtown Seattle. Instead of the biospheres' uniformly diamond-shaped supporting structure (compare with <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/73646965/nbbj-designs-biospheres-for-amazon-s-seattle-headquarters" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previous renderings</a>), the new images we just received from the project's architects, NBBJ, show a much more organic web of struts, described as "Catalan spheres."</p> <p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/57685917/apple-vs-amazon-whose-new-headquarters-is-cooler" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Apple vs. Amazon: Whose new headquarters is cooler?</a></p>